Today was “one of those days.” I woke up late and could barely keep my eyes open as I began my morning routine. I was behind schedule. All of my well thought out plans for my morning seemed lost. On days like this, the temptation to live by my emotions looms large. Complaining and grumbling were on my tongue. And then I read this, “We are TODAY accepted in the Beloved, TODAY absolved from sin, TODAY acquitted at the bar of God. Oh! Soul-transporting thought.” Mr. Spurgeon strikes again. My grumbling heart stood rebuked. Today is one of those days—one of those amazing days, which find me standing before the bar of God acquitted from all of my sin because of the death of Jesus Christ on my behalf. Yes, Mr. Spurgeon, this is a “soul transporting” thought.
Regardless of what this day holds for you, may the truth of your acceptance in the Beloved reign first in your heart.
(reprinted from the archives)
You asked for it, and here it is! Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books by H.J. Jackson Overrated: The 50 Most Overhyped Things in History by Mark Juddery Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (This book is not yet available, so obviously I haven’t read it yet. But I’m eager to recommend it on the basis of the author’s excellent first book Seabiscuit) The Last Leaf: Voices of History’s Last-Known Survivors by Stuart Lutz Churchill by Paul Johnson George Washington: The Founding Father by Paul Johnson Abraham Lincoln; A Presidential Life by James M. McPherson Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse by James L. Swanson The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan Tommy’s Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf’s Founding Father and Son by Kevin Cook Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules by Stacy Perman Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz How March Became Madness: How the NCAA Tournament Became the Greatest Sporting Event in America by Eddie Einhorn with Ron Rapoport American Hoops: U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball from Berlin to Beijing by Carson Cunningham Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides For The Fame Of God’s Name; Essays in Honor of John Piper edited by Sam Storms and Justin Taylor
One (among many!) of the encouraging messages from this past week’s Pastors Conference was given by pastor Rick Gamache from 1 Peter 5:6-11, entitled “When A Pastor Suffers.” It was addressed to pastors, but I thought you all would appreciate it too, because the topic was anxiety and faith—just what we’ve been talking about here on girltalk. When I learned that Rick had also preached this sermon to his church, and that the audio was available at their website, I just had to pass it along. Given my temptations to worry and anxiety, I’ve listened to a lot of sermons and read a lot of books over the years. This is one of the best! I hope you’ll take time to listen to “Be Humble Be Alert” this week.
We just returned from a very refreshing Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference. One evening, Dad announced the release of a new book which Justin Taylor calls “the best material for family devotions I’ve ever seen.” Long Story Short is written by Sovereign Grace’s own Marty Machowski and we highly recommend it. Westminster Bookstore is currently selling it for only $6.99, which is 65 percent off the list price! But you’ll have to hurry because the sale ends today!
UPDATE: Westminster sale ended Friday, but you can still purchase the book for 20 percent off the list price.
Have a joy-filled weekend because of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Nicole for the girltalkers